What will be the most innovative trends in digital transformation in 2018?

transformación digital

Technology’s current rate of progress is one of the factors most highly valued by businesses. Knowing how to adapt to digital transformation is an indispensable requirement for the success of any company and organization.

In fact, the companies that succeed are those that invest most in R&D technology. Over the past few years, concepts such as services in the cloud or cloud computing, Big Data, Internet of Things or IoT have become increasingly well known, even among the public at large.

The consumer, the most favoured stakeholder

The exponential growth of digital transformation has had a great impact on development of the business ecosystem, to the point of becoming a real revolution. It is now so important that many experts claim that we are living in a new era for the consumer.

The reason is that the technology, and in particular digitalization, are now fully ensconced in our lives and society demands services from companies such as immediacy of products, instantly available information and new, personalized customer care.

The disruption of digital transformation reaches all industrial areas and sectors. Thanks to the progress and use of information technology, any company and area are now open to improvement. For example, the advantages offered by a service such as cloud computing or cloud-based services enable any business to streamline its procedures and redesign new processes and transactions in its organization.

Which technology trends will have the most impact in 2018?

Earlier, we were talking about a new era for the customer. We must realise that everything that comes from now on must be focused on a new form of relationship with the consumer. New technologies that arise in the next few years must focus on improving the loyalty of customers, consumers and suppliers.

Gaining consumer confidence is of prime importance in this new age. Nowadays, thanks to new technologies, all the information and products online are just a click away. Consumers form a fundamental part of the brand-customer relationship.

So much so, that many consumers have become experts in different content and are known as influencers. Another example that illustrates the efforts of brands to connect with customers is the application of technology in the search for new forms of communication.

One booming trend is the use of virtual agents or chatbots to achieve new ways talking to customers. These bots are machines and computer programs equipped with intelligence which can replicate information of all kinds, including technical, which makes them ideal for any business sector and area. The possibility of having a virtual assistant 24 hours a day enables companies and/or users anywhere in the world to resolve any doubts or queries regarding electronic data interchange.

Specifically, data exchanging will enter a new era next year in Europe thanks to EU regulations that require the use of e-invoicing with Public Administrations of the European Union.

The combination of new technologies will make it easier to access new markets and engage in transactions safely thanks to the combined use of cloud computing systems that ensure a reliable and secure link-up.

Another trend set to become more important is the use of Big Data to channel the information obtained from companies. The outcome is a win-win for all concerned.

The importance of Digital Intelligence

AI, aka Artificial Intelligence, will mark a before and after in digital transformation and EDI. Giants such as IBM, Facebook, Google and Apple, among others, have signed a pact (called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence) to advance in this field.

Proof of the increase in this trend is the massive use of chatbots beginning to flood the market. Chatbots are a part of the so-called intelligent software that learns from our behaviour. The use of AI will be applied in other technologies such as intelligent software or conversation platforms.

The relation with conversation platforms will consist of interaction with the digital systems by simply using our voice.

The years from 2018 to 2020 are likely to be decisive for the reinvention of a new model of technology that will revolutionize digital transformation in businesses.

Finally, other trends that will be particularly relevant will be cloud-based services or the end-to-end cloud model. This end-to-end cloud model will avoid excessive latencies and delays in communications, as well as minimizing the lag or saturation of current networks, especially intercontinental ones.

This technology, as well its combined use with others, will be of special importance in global communications on a large scale and in such strategic and important sectors as EDI.

In short, for companies it is vital to pay attention to the innovations and new features presented by digital transformation. The proper use of these factors is no longer an option, but an obligation. The most successful organizations are those that have adapted earlier and better to this new era. Once you get into the digital model, the only way to go is forward and the best way to do this is by mastering the art of digital transformation.

EDICOM participates in GS1 UK Healthcare Conference 2017 in London

NHS e-Procurement strategy

GS1 UK Healthcare Conference will take place in London on 21 and 22 November at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, London Heathrow. This year’s edition will highlight the latest on the progress of GS1 standards in the NHS in England, including updates from the six Scan4Safety Trusts and the Department of Health. You will also be able to attend plenary sessions from national leaders with breakout sessions in the afternoon from senior hospital clinical, finance and procurement leaders who will share their perspectives, expertise and experience, focusing on the real-life benefits of GS1 standards. Check the program here.

Meet EDICOM’s integral solution

The e-Procurement Strategy in the UK continues to be progressively implemented within the NHS. GS1 and PEPPOL standards are already widely recognized by Trusts and healthcare suppliers. EDICOM presents a comprehensive solution which is both GDSN and PEPPOL compliant. All from one single provider.

On this year’s conference, our EDICOM experts will explain about the adoption of GS1 and PEPPOL standards in compliance with the NHS e-Procurement strategy. Since mid-2015, the sector has been working on implementation of this technological project, based on two fundamental cornerstones: data synchronization via the GDSN network electronic catalogs and the use of the PEPPOL infrastructure.

EDICOM can help health companies throughout the whole process, as we own a certified GS1 Data Pool to connect with the GDSN network and we are a certified PEPPOL Access Point and we have been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) RM3784 PEPPOL Access Point Framework Agreement.

At EDICOM we also offer a full integrated EDI and e-Invoicing platform, which will make electronic data interchange automatic and immediate with full document traceability.

The rollout of e-communications through PEPPOL and GDSN is an open door to international trade and optimization of other business activities. Digitizing communications flows will create competitive advantages for businesses which will be able to expand their commercial focus worldwide.

Next steps

The medical devices companies are already up and running with their adoption calendar. The next group of companies to implement the electronic system is the medicines group, such as pharmaceuticals and laboratories.

If you would like more detailed information on the aims of this initiative and the deadlines for rollout in companies, we recommend you download this free White Paper on the NHS e-Procurement Strategy (available in English and Spanish).

Recommended reading: PEPPOL implementation in the European Union continues to rise

New obligations in Ecuador for e-Invoicing implementation

Factura electrónica Ecuador

Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service has published a resolution requiring new taxpayers to issue electronic invoices starting on January 1, 2018. In 2014, the Internal Revenue Service launched a progressive schedule for adopting the electronic invoice, which required certain companies and entities to join this system.

Now with Resolution NAC-DGERCGC17-00000430, new taxpayers are required to issue sales vouchers, proofs of retention, and complementary documents electronically.

An automatic solution for issuing electronic vouchers

EDICOM has developed an international platform for electronic invoicing that makes it possible to generate, send and store electronic vouchers in accordance with the requirements established in Ecuador. The process is automatic, so companies reduce the amount of time spent on these administrative tasks.

Read about the complete article about the new e-Invoicing obligation in Ecuador.

NHS medicine suppliers must join a PEPPOL Access Point before March 31, 2018

NHS timeline

The NHS e-Procurement Strategy in the UK continues its progressive adoption timeline to new business groups. Following the medical devices companies, now it’s the turn for medicine suppliers, such as pharmaceutical companies or laboratories. The first deadline for these companies is March 31, 2018, where they must comply with the previewed tasks in less than six months.

The first phase includes the following tasks:

  • Joining a PEPPOL Access Point;
  • Allocating a GS1 GLN number in the GLN Registry;
  • Providing the DoH with a statement of commitment to the adoption of GS1 and PEPPOL standards;
  • Allocating 14 digit GS1 Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) at patient pack level.

The next key deadline for these companies will be September 30, 2018, with the completion of the reception orders from NHS PEPPOL APs including GS1 GTIN and GLN data.

EDICOM provides GS1 and PEPPOL compliance from one single provider

EDICOM is both an accredited PEPPOL Access Point and owns a certified GS1 electronic catalog. With these two certifications, any NHS supplier will be certain to achieve compliance with the e-Procurement Strategy. This means it is possible to centralize everything in compliance with the DoH on a single platform, enhancing efficiency and cutting economic costs.

The accreditation as an Access Point allows EDICOM to link up with the PEPPOL e-procurement platform. Through it, private companies and governments in countries all over Europe can exchange all kinds of e-documents: invoices, purchase orders, orders, price catalogues, etc. These business processes are carried out in a standardized and interoperable manner.

The GS1 certified Data Pool allows these businesses to maintain an updated product database accessible to any other NHS user, so that information is always correct and available. The success of a data synchronization system within the GDSN network is based on the quality of the information shared between the trading partners. Our EDICOMData Data Pool provides synchronization of product databases according to GS1 standards. It also implements specific services for publication of multimedia context for images, videos or audio clips.

–> Download the White Paper on NHS e-Procurement Strategy to find out how this project affects you, how you can adapt to it and how it all works.

The European Commission approves the list of syntaxes for the electronic invoicing

syntaxes for the electronic invoicing

The European Commission has published the official syntax list for the development and implementation of e-Invoicing based on the Assessment of the European Standard on electronic invoicing, according to Directive 2014/55/EU. The document can be read here.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) was asked to develop this e-Invoicing standard and to carry out the corresponding tests. The two approved syntaxes are:

  • UN/CEFACT Cross Industry Invoice XML message as specified in XML Schemas 16B (SCRDM — CII).
  • UBL invoice and credit note messages as defined in ISO/IEC 19845:2015.

How will it impact on businesses?

The main goal of this European framework is to guarantee the semantic interoperability. The benefits of electronic invoicing are maximized when the generation, sending, transmission, reception and processing of an invoice can be fully automated.

Many of the European Union Member States have already implemented e-Invoicing of a compulsory nature between the public sector and its suppliers, with the aim of simplifying tax compliance and cutting economic costs. This is the case of Spain, Portugal, Italy, or France. However, in each of these countries, the technical and legal requirements of this model are different, so interoperability between the states poses a challenge.

Read the complete article here.